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  • 1. AS and A2 Psychology assessment criteria on AQA (A) …. and how to meet them For the 2009 GCE specification
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  • 3. AO1: knowledge and understanding <ul><li>Candidates should be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>(a) recognise, recall and show an understanding of psychological knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>(b) select, organise and communicate relevant information in a variety of forms. </li></ul><ul><li>I think of this as ‘describing’ </li></ul>
  • 4. AO2: application of knowledge <ul><li>Candidates should be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>(a) analyse and evaluate psychological knowledge and processes </li></ul><ul><li>(b) apply psychological knowledge and processes to unfamiliar situations including those related to issues </li></ul><ul><li>(c) assess the validity, reliability and credibility of psychological information. </li></ul><ul><li>I think of this as ‘evaluating and commenting’ and ‘applying knowledge’ </li></ul>
  • 5. AO3: how research works <ul><li>Candidates should therefore be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>(a) describe ethical, safe and skilful practical techniques and processes, selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods </li></ul><ul><li>(b) know how to make, record and communicate reliable and valid observations and measurements with appropriate precision and accuracy, through using primary and secondary sources </li></ul><ul><li>(c) analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate the methodology, results and impact of their own and others’ experimental and investigative activities in a variety of ways. </li></ul><ul><li>I think of this as ‘referring to research methods’ </li></ul>
  • 6. Exam questions at AS <ul><li>These will assess all 3 criteria : AO1, AO2, and AO3 </li></ul><ul><li>So that you can select what to write, try to look at questions and decide what they are asking for </li></ul><ul><li>Does the question want you to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recall and describe something? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate something and/or apply your knowledge to an unfamiliar situation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refer to some aspect of research methods? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Or does it want a combination of these? </li></ul><ul><li>With questions for 8, 10, or 12 marks, asking ‘Discuss’ or ‘Outline and evaluate’ – you must give 50:50 descriptive:evaluative </li></ul>
  • 7. Exam questions at A2 <ul><li>These will assess all 3 criteria : AO1, AO2, and AO3 </li></ul><ul><li>On PSYA3 and PSYA4 you will be writing essay type questions worth 25 marks (except for the Research Methods part of PSYA4) </li></ul><ul><li>Of these 25 marks, 9 are for AO1, 12 for AO2 and 4 for AO3 </li></ul><ul><li>In your AO2 you must use points from Issues, Debates or Approaches in every essay to access the higher mark bands </li></ul><ul><li>Your AO3 will come from commenting on the strengths & weaknesses of the research methods used to investigate the phenomenon in question </li></ul><ul><li>AO2 and AO3 are combined in the mark scheme to total 16 marks, so the ratio of AO1 to AO2/3 is roughly 1/3 to 2/3 </li></ul><ul><li>In other words: 1/3 of your essay needs to be AO1 and 2/3 needs to be AO2/3 </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to write approx 600 words in total for your essay, 200ish of AO1 and 400ish of AO2/3 (depending on how much you can write in the time) </li></ul>
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